March 2012 Topbox

If you read my posts about the December and January Loose Button Luxeboxes you’ll know all about the different kinds of beauty subscription services that are all the rage here in North America.  Basically, you pay a certain amount of money a month (usually it’s a small amount like $10 or so) and every month you get a box of deluxe and full-size beauty samples.  It’s a total surprise until you open the box, so you won’t know what you are getting.

Way back in November I came across Topbox, which is a Canadian beauty subscription service that provides only the top brands.  I was blown away by the inaugural November box that I signed up right away.  The boxes were actually sold out at the time until March so I had a few months before I got a box of my own.

I got my first Topbox on Monday and already actually knew what I was getting (I came across an open bomarkx video on YouTube – I couldn’t resist a peek!).

The box is actually a tube canister that you open at the top.  I think I actually prefer a box over the tube as I’m not quite sure what I will do with these from now on.

Here’s what I got:

  • Cargo eyeshadow in Cannes (3.5 ml) Full size (7g) retails for $18.50 ** I believe this is a full size product
  • mark. Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers in Violet Femme shades.  Retails for $7
  • Redken Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner samples (set of two).
  • Simple Facial Wipes. Full size for 25 wipes $10.99.  Sample included seven wipes.

I had read reviews online and other people got either a sample of the Make Up For Ever mascara or makeup remover instead of the Cargo eyeshadow.  I don’t really need any more mascara samples or makeup removers (plus the box already came with makeup removing wipes) so I’m glad I got the eyeshadow.

I really liked the March 2012 Topbox and although the products I got I wouldn’t necessarily buy in stores I’m glad I got to try them out.  I really like the pale lavender pink Cargo eyeshadow (applies really nice) and the nail polishes.  The lip stain was okay, it’s not really a colour I would have picked out for myself, but with that being said, I don’t really have a colour like that in my collection.  The shampoo and conditioner samples were mediocre, I have so many of those at home already that it’s not really a memorable product or anything.  I did, however, really enjoy the makeup wipes as those are always needed.

So would I recommend Topbox?  Based on my first box, yes!  For only C$10 a month (I believe it’s like $11.60 or so with taxes) you definitely get your money’s worth, plus you pay on a month-to-month basis so you can cancel at any time. In this box alone I got my money back and then some (the approx. retail price of my box was around $42).  If you are interested in signing up, make sure you get on their wait list as they are currently all sold out at the moment, however, they will probably be letting people sign up again soon.

So how would I compare this box to the Loose Button one?  I actually really loved all the products I got in both my December and January Luxeboxes, however, I find that with the Loose Button one every box seems to be different, whereas Topbox seems to be more consistent in what people get in their boxes, as in the products all seem to be the same.  I got really great brands in both my Luxeboxs, but I know that based on other people’s reviews, some boxes contained drug store products, which is still nice, but maybe not worth the $12 you pay for it a month.  With Luxebox, I find that it’s more of the luck of the draw.  They still offer a good box though, don’t get me wrong.

Did you receive the March 2012 Topbox?  If so, what were your thoughts?

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Huge Kiehl’s haul

I’m a huge contest person.  Whenever I see a chance to win something I’m on the ball.  I love the thrill of entering a contest and having the chance to win something major (or minor).  Kiehl’s recently opened up a shop in my local mall a few months ago and I noticed that they were running a contest for hockey tickets, signed jerseys, and pampering at their new location.  So naturally, I entered my name, as well as my mom’s and brother’s.  I didn’t end up winning, however, my mom did.

So this brings me to this:

Yes, dead readers, that is eight bags filled with Kiehl’s goodies (and jerseys).  Aside from the other prizes, my mom got to bring three friends to Kiehl’s for head to toe pampering, which basically just consisted of getting a whole wack of full-size products.

My mom ended up bringing my family and we all got a complete new skin care routine, hair routine, as well as moisturizers, hair products, lip products, you name it.

Here’s what I got:

  • Ultra Facial Cleanser
  • Ultra Facial Toner
  • Ultra Facial Moisturizer
  • Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
  • Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo
  • Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Conditioner
  • Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak
  • Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion
  • Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50
  • Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish
  • Creme de Corps Moisturizer
  • Heat-Protective Silk Straightening Cream
  • Midnight Recovery Concentrate
  • Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
  • Lip Balm #1 in Mango

I haven’t had the chance to try out everything yet, however, the stuff I have tried I’ve really enjoyed.  I’m pretty devoted to my current skin care and hair care routine (Clinique Three Step System for face and Pureology Antifade Complex S&C for hair) but the results from the products I have tried already, I may stray and go to the K side…

I’m going to do separate blog posts for some of the products so I’ll include reviews in there, but I think that Kiehl’s has become my new go-to store for skin care and hair products.  My skin and hair feels super soft, no wonder people rave about this line.

Have you tried any Kiehl’s products?  What are your favourites? 

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NOTD: Crowded by Urban Outfitters

Happy Monday!  In honour of the gorgeous spring weather we are experiencing here in my city I thought I would get with the season and paint my nails a lilac colour, a nice change from the dreary dark colours from fall and winter.

I picked up this Urban Outfitters shade in Montreal last month and I absolutely love it!  I’ve never tried UO nail polishes prior to this one, but when I was standing in line to pay for a book a hot pink colour caught my eye.  For C$6 I thought why not?  Anyways, when I went to pay the sales lady said that the nail polishes are two for $8 or one for $6.  I thought I might as well shell over the extra $2 and get another shade so I picked this one up.

Okay, if you have an Urban Outfitters near you, go out right now and stock up on their polishes! These varnishes are seriously some of the best I have used.  The colour is just to die for and it goes on quite opaque after one coat.  The best part?  It lasted me like four days before I got some minor chipping.  I’m seriously hooked.  The quality, to me, seems much better than other salon polishes out there like OPI.

Two coats of Urban Outfitters Crowded with Seche Vite basecoat and OPI topcoat

Aside from the polish consistency, I also love the bottle; it reminds me of Deborah Lippmann polishes.  The chic square glass bottle has a rubberized top so it’s easy to unscrew when you want to paint your nails.

Have you tried Crowded by Urban Outfitters or any other polish from the brand?  Leave me a comment below on what your opinions are!

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